We’ve all got that one relative, (in some cases, we’ve been that one relative), the perpetual beer-swilling, dickie-wearing, down-on-his-luck type. While it’s easy to laugh at and even cheer along Cousin Eddie (Randy Quaid), it would be nothing short of a waking nightmare to have him as kin, especially around this time of year.
Eddie may be one of the highlights of 1983’s National Lampoon’s Vacation (and Vegas Vacation, for that matter), but it isn’t until his follow-up appearance in 1989’s National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (which is a part of the Warner Bros. Holiday Gift Guide) that he really gets a chance to shine as the hapless cousin who shows up unannounced to crash the Griswolds’ already crowded and chaotic Christmas.
Still, Clark (Chevy Chase) is ready to make the best of it, despite the occasional muttering under his breath about driving Eddie out to the middle of nowhere and leaving him for dead, which is most likely a simple way of coping with the situation. After all, even during the holidays, there’s only so much freeloading one man can take. So, with that in mind, here are all the times that you were glad Cousin Eddie wasn’t related to you.